Every weekday, we're offering downloadable songs from artists playing in the New York City area that night. Here's one from a retro-soul group led by a tenacious led singer.
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens issued their first full-length album last year, but the lead singer of the soulful outfit is no stranger to the music world. In true classic R&B fashion, the sixty-something vocalist cut her teeth singing in her church choir in '40s and 50's Alabama. After adopting secular R&B and moving to New York in 1963, Shelton regularly performed at clubs, but later disappeared from the scene. Thankfully, she reemerged with the Gospel Queens in the late 1990s and eventually hooked up with the retro-centric Daptone label and released What Have You Done, My Brother? On this track from that album, Shelton's husky, sagacious voice rolls through a stirring melody, gorgeously amplified by raw, gospel-tinged backing vocals and righteous church organ.